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Home > Antigua & Barbuda > Barbuda

Barbuda

Barbuda boat on beachBarbuda is Antigua's sister island although it could not be more different. In Barbuda you will see a Caribbean island that is unspoilt by tourism. It is renowned for its beaches which are natural, sprinkled with pink sand and miles long.

The island has the deep blue Atlantic on one side with wild beaches full of driftwood and shells and the calm Caribbean sea on the other, perfect for swimming and snorkelling, with plenty of opportunities to see turtles and many varieties of tropical fish undisturbed in the turquoise water.

The beauty of the island is in its natural, peaceful way of life. It is not for visitors who are looking for sophisticated nightlife or entertainment, it is a place where you relax, slow down and make your own.

The population of 1500 all live in the village of Codrington. There are only three hotels on the island; the exclusive and expensive K Club where Princess Diana spent several of her holidays, the membership only and very private Coco Point Lodge and the Palmetto Hotel. There are several small guest houses in the village, ranging from single rooms to self-catering cottages.

Village life is unaffected by tourism and if you are a guest here you will soon be part of the social life of the local people. Barbudans are helpful and friendly people and welcome visitors to their island.

The island 15 miles long and 8 miles wide, mostly very rocky and flat. Much of the island is covered in bush and there are unmarked roads and tracks to the beaches. It is possible to cycle almost as easily as driving as speed is of no importance here.

Magnificent Frigate, BarbudaThe bush hides all kinds of wildlife, including deer and boar, land turtles and guinea fowl and the occasional wild cat. There are feral cattle, horses and donkeys wandering about and in the village sheep and goats roam freely, returning to their pens at night. There are several salt ponds where it is possible to see a great variety of bird life, and in the lagoon the most spectacular of all the birds, the rare Magnificent Frigate bird has a colony of approximately two thousand birds, one of the largest in the world.

For more on Barbuda : History | Things to Do & See | Day Tours


We thank Claire Frank of ArtCafé for providing information and images for these pages.


 
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